First Caribbean Congress of Psychiatry and Addictology to Honor Frantz Fanon

The 1st International Caribbean Congress of Psychiatry and Addictology will take place on October 24-26, 2011, at L’Atrium, in Fort-de-France, Martinique.

The congress will be dedicated to Martinican psychiatrist Frantz Fanon: “Frantz Fanon 50 Years Later.” Opening this psychiatry conference, about ten papers will be dedicated to Fanon, his work, and his legacy.

Description:Martinican psychiatrist Frantz Fanon, author of Black Skin White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth, played a very important role in the Algerian independence movement and has been influential in anti-racist political movements. His work stands as an important influence on current postcolonial theorists and creole identity. Today’s writers, filmmakers, singers, and slammers are once again consulting Fanon’s books. The congress is an ideal moment to relive concepts regarding our cultural identity, ethnicity, creolization, and globalization, and updating our ideas on transcultural psychiatry and social psychiatry today.

The aim of the congress on psychiatry and addiction is to feature distinguished specialists with a world-wide reputation to present the most recent developments in research on anxiety, bipolar disorders, psycho-traumatology, perinatal psychology, and addiction. The Caribbean, with its cultural contrasts and impregnated with its history of colonization and slavery is an ideal location for this congress, thereby fulfilling its role as a world laboratory on human biodiversity and intensifying its exchanges with the rest of the world. Several sessions will focus on psychiatry and addiction in the Caribbean and the French Oveseas Departments.

[Many thanks to Nikki Elisée for bringing this item to our attention.]

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